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October 12, 2004: Minutes



October 12, 2004



The October 12, 2004 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Mark Anderson at 7:30PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including:  Supervisors Mark Anderson and Jerry Pohlman, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, Treasurer Jacque Eggen, Lawrence Keller of Voyageur Lakes Development, reporters from the Voyageur Sentinel and Cook News-Herald, and 12 members of the community.  Supervisor Jim Janssen was absent.


Additions to the Agenda:  None


Minutes – A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Mark, to approve the minutes of the 9/21/2004 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  Motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer Jacque read the Treasurer’s Report. Jacque then presented the bills as follows:  IRS – $158.26; Crane Lake Visitor & Tourism Bureau – $5,045.57; Postmaster – $37.00 and Payroll – $296.72.  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Mark, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills.  Motion carried.


The Clerk presented the correspondence.  The correspondence was received as read and will be placed on file and acted upon as required.




Community Priority Projects Reports:

  • Communications/Cell Phones – Jim Janssen was not present to report.
  • Land Exchange/Community Property Project & Trails/Beautification – Ruth L. Carlson reported that C. J. Fernandez, U of M Center for Changing Landscapes, presented an overview of the proposed project prior to the last Board of Supervisors’ meeting. Mr. Fernandez will review the information received from citizens and will present concepts for the future trail systems and the land exchange property at future meetings anticipated after the first of the year.  Mr. Fernandez has requested that any photographs of old structures or machinery of the area be sent to Ruth L. Carlson, 7514 Rocky Road, Crane Lake, MN 55725, to help him get a feeling of the community.  All photographs will be returned.


Re-Zoning of Town Properties: Butch Eggen reported that the committee has been in contact with Jim Plummer and Scott Smith of St. Louis County Planning and Zoning.  The initial area of interest will be the Western Service Area of the CLWSD.  The Land Exchange area will also be reviewed as well as the rest of Crane Lake Township.  Mr. Smith will contact either Butch Eggen or Jo Ann to set up a meeting with the committee followed by a public meeting.




Chairman Mark introduced Lawrence Keller of Voyageur Lakes Development. Mr. Keller explained some of his plans for the Borderland Lodge property, which was recently purchased by his development group.  The property will be subdivided into lots for individual two-story year round homes with stick framework, log siding, and an A-frame front elevation.  There will be four designs for the approximate 14 lakefront homes priced between $450,000 and $550,00 and a possible 40 to 50 homes behind the current lodge building priced between $300,000 and $350,000.  The homes will have large garages to accommodate cars, 4-wheelers, etc.  A gazebo is planned to replace the current gift shop.  A pavilion is also planned for the residents of the development.  The seawall will be rebuilt and the swimming pool will be removed and replaced with terraced gardens.  A marina with 45 to 50 slips will be constructed for the development residents.  An on-site management team is being considered to take care of repair, lawn service, and property rental for the owners.  When 80% of the lots are sold, the property will be owned by an association comprised of the property owners.  Mr. Keller is looking at a four to seven year time frame for development of the property.


Workers’ Compensation Coverage:  Clerk Jo Ann informed the Board that the MATIT kept the rates at the same level for the 2005 policy year.  The rate is the same as that paid in 2003 and reflects a nearly 16% overall reduction in rates from previous years.


Public Comments:


Butch Eggen stated that October 13th was the last day to submit public comment to the DNR Fisheries Division on the 12” minimum Bass size proposal.


Comments from Officers: Jo Ann reminded the Board of the upcoming Annual Educational Conference in St. Cloud November 18th, 19th and 20th.   Mark thanked everyone for the great turnout and thanked Lawrence Keller for informing the community of his development plans.


Next Board of Supervisors’ Meeting: November 9, 2004, at 7:30PM at the Fellowship Hall.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:05PM.







Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                        Mark Anderson, Chairman